Your Friendly Christmas Tour
the 5th annual tour of homes presented by Dan Smith, Kris Rochelle and Levi Macallister
ABOUT THE TOUR
Your Friendly Christmas Tour 2018 must take place in an approved venue.
This is an all-ages tour "of homes” (but there are some exceptions).
Please don't book it in a venue or a dungeon or an arena or a video game store.
We're looking to create an awesome "Christmas" environment and we know that you can help. If you have a great idea, PLEASE run it by us and let's make this an amazing night together! It will be required that we see actual photographs of the venue before it is approved to limit the fun surprises, we can only take so much “fun”.
VENUE AND SHOW FORMAT
Venue must be big enough to comfortably seat a minimum of 50 people.
Think more "sitting and enjoying a performance for a couple hours" comfortable and less "jamming my body onto the subway and surviving for the 5 minute ride" comfortable.
Some examples for a venue might be:
— Your House
— An Office Space
— A Community Center
— A Barn
— An outdoor amphitheater w/ a fire pit on a night that is not going to kill everyone with wind and sleet and death.
— An Art Gallery
Basically: any space that brings to mind the idea of a Christmas Party and can be used solely for this particular event.
A quiet room.
We will not be using a PA or any amplification for this show, so the space must be quiet enough for the audience to hear (i.e. closed to the public with no loud espresso machines running, people screaming at the sports ball game in the bar, bleating goats, white supremacist marches, etc.).
WHAT ABOUT DECORATIONS?
There must be a Christmas tree and it must be decorated.
Refreshments are required. You can provide them all yourself or ask guests to bring them, but they need to be there. Where there's a party there is food and where there is food there's a party. (I just made that up.)
Fireplace w/ mantle & stockings preferred, but not required.
WHAT ABOUT THEMES?
Your show has to have one. Last year, one of the best themes was a "Stranger Things Christmas." It was great.
Some examples for your event might include:
"National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation" party
Ugly Christmas sweater party
"It's Christmas Charlie Brown" party
Christmas in Hawaii party
Norman Rockwell Christmas party
White Elephant Gift exchange party
"The Office" Christmas party
“How the Grinch Stole Christmas” party
A QUICK, GENERAL RUNDOWN OF HOW THIS SHOW WILL WORK
Guests arrive, are greeted at the door, and begin to settle in by grabbing seats, drinks, and refreshments. Music is playing and holiday cheer abounds.
If there is some sort of activity involved theme (ugly sweater, raffle, white elephant, etc.) everyone is invited to take a seat and said activity is explained and initiated.
This begins the show portion. We will take care of this entire process. Sit back and enjoy some Christmas cheer with your friends and loved ones. (The show should take around 2 hours.)
After all the performances there is typically a break for refreshments and mingling/ discussing the show. This generally takes around 20 minutes or so, but we can feel it out together. There is also a great opportunity at this point to name the contest or raffle winner if it applies to this show.
Everyone is invited to be seated again to sing 3-5 Christmas songs together.
After the carols are sung, the host can choose to continue the party as long as they like.
The possibilities are limited but numerous! If you have a great idea that isn’t on this list please share it! We want you, the host, to be as excited about this show as we are!
No openers (unless it has been discussed otherwise, or unless the opener is an approved magician or some sort of children’s Christmas carol recital [dance, piano, musical]…not kidding).
Please keep in mind that the address for the show will be posted on the websites and social media pages of three different artists, so it will be very public. This is pretty much mandatory so that walk up tickets can be purchased. If this poses a problem please:
A) Find another location where it does not pose a problem.
B) Talk to us about another idea you have and let’s figure it out together.
Promotional resources will be made available in a digital format.
All resources will be made available for download online. It is YOUR responsibility to effectively distribute the materials given. Please take advantage of these resources and exploit them to the fullest extent to ensure maximum attendance potential for the engagement. This should include but is not limited to:
Facebook events, boosted posts, and whatever means of social media you feel is most beneficial for getting the word out
Local supporting act has a strong following and will be expected to promote and sell tickets for the event to friends, family, etc. (One local - must be approved. No metal this time around - sorry guys. Working on more of a contemplative experience for this event.)
Printed flyers and local, in person, word of mouth promotion
Selling tickets locally in addition to online pre-sale options
As the host, it is your responsibility to take every opportunity to ensure the maximum attendance possible for the event.
LODGING AND HOSPITALITY REQUIREMENTS
Lodging is required for 4 people – no exceptions.
Levi and his wife, Brandi, will be staying together, since they are married. Dan and Kris will also be staying together, since they are brother-husbands. We are all children who love sleepovers and are not opposed to sharing a room / space if necessary, but accommodations must be provided.
Some examples of acceptable accommodations include:
1 Hotel room with 2 queen beds. This is the number one preferred option.
A home stay with clean, comfortable beds for 4 people.
A wholesome dinner and breakfast must be provided with a vegan option. Vegans do not eat any animal products or byproducts (for example: huge turkey drumsticks that you might get at the county fair are not a good dinner choice, and definitely not a good breakfast choice whether you are a vegan or not). Unless otherwise specified, meals are to be provided before the event. Contact with any questions about food.
The financial requirement for Your Friendly Christmas Tour 2017 starts at a minimum of $600, plus a 70% backend (including the food and lodging details above).
We will provide an online pre-sale ticket option and you as the host/promoter will also be expected to sell tickets (or raise money in another way) to meet the goal. Ticket prices will vary from show to show, and you have the freedom to set the cost according to what you feel comfortable with, so long as the guaranteed minimum is met.
If you do not want to charge your guests, you may ask a generous friend and/or wealthy great-grandfather or maybe a mob boss to bankroll the evening. You may also take donations with the minimum in mind, so long as the tour cost is met.
If you have read through these requirements and would like to host/promote Your Friendly Christmas Tour 2018, please get in touch with us AS SOON AS POSSIBLE at:
(enter your requested date and location in the subject, please)
It is our goal to have this fully booked and prepared for as soon as possible so that we can give you, and everyone else, the best time for promotion and pre-sale and invites.
Finally, If you have a great idea that isn’t on this list - please share it! We want you, the host, to be as excited about this show as we are!
This is the fifth annual Christmas tour we've undertaken, and we’re really excited to create a unique opportunity for people to make a special Christmas-time memory that they’ll remember for years and years to come. Let’s do it together!
- Dan, Kris, Levi and Brandi